Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Ambassador's Claim About Fake News Claim Is Fake News

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Lisa Bryan | 23 December, 2017, 02:07

President Donald Trump's new Ambassador to the Netherlands was confirmed just eleven days ago, but he's already off to a very bad start overseas, and he's not even there yet.

Challenged about calling this "fake news", Hoekstra then went on to deny he had in fact used the phrase "fake news" - despite the fact he had been recorded saying it a few seconds before.

When it comes to diplomacy, the apple doesn't fall far from the Trump.

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Hoekstra: "I didn't say that". That is actually an incorrect statement.

"You called it 'fake news, '" the reporter pointed out.

"No, I don't think I did", the ambassador said.

Zwart pushed back. "Is it fake news? Because that's what you really said", Zwart replies.

"The Islamic movement has not gotten to the point where they have put Europe in chaos, ' he said in the clip".


"Chaos in the Netherlands", he continues.

The idea of no-go zones holds that there are lawless Islamist neighbourhoods in Europe where Sharia law is imposed, and non-Muslims aren't permitted.

No-go zones are a perennial bogeyman for the right. In an interview broadcast on Thursday, Zwart asked Hoekstra about his previous statements: "Speaking of threat, at one point you mentioned in a debate that there are "no-go zones" in the Netherlands and that cars and politicians are being set on fire". "Yeah, we would call it 'fake news.' I never said that". "I didn't utilize the word today, I don't figure I did".

The minutes-later contradiction causes Zwart to turn and look around in bewilderment.

"No, it's not what I said", Hoekstra answers.

On 22 December 2017, the United States' ambassador to the Netherlands was caught in a falsehood while propagating several anti-Islamic conspiracy theories during an English language interview with a Dutch reporter.

Trump's nomination of Hoekstra over the summer caused a great deal of controversy in the Dutch press due to his ultra-conservative record on issues like gay rights and immigration.

He would become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee before making a failed attempt to run for governor of MI in 2010.

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